Location Ankara - Hybrid Event
Date and time
Tuesday 11 October 2022
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)
The small Gulf nation of Qatar will soon play host to the world’s largest event — the 2022 FIFA Men’s Football World Cup. But what is life really like in the country? A place that, just 75 years ago, was a backwater and is now a gas-laden entrepot with increasing wealth and ambition. This talk is based on John McManus’s book, Inside Qatar: hidden stories from one of the richest nations on earth. McManus lifts a lid on the hidden worlds of Qatar’s gilded elite, its spin doctors and thrill seekers, its manual labourers and domestic workers to reveal what life is really like in this nation of 3 million people, only 11 per cent of whom are Qatari citizens.
This will be a hybrid event held at the Wolfson Conference Room (BIAA, Ankara) and online via Zoom.
John McManus is a honorary research fellow at the British Institute at Ankara, where he researches migration, multiculturalism and popular culture in the Middle East and Europe. He is the author of Inside Qatar: Hidden Stories From One of the Richest Nations on Earth (Icon Books, 2022) and Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), awarded runner-up in the 2019 British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society book prize. John holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Financial Times, as well as academic journals. Twitter: @johnmcmanus06